Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

Though it originated from Mexico, Central, and South America, the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck doesn’t speak with a Spanish accent. Formerly a rare visitor to South Carolina, this noisy bird—sometimes called the “whistling duck”—now nests in the Lowcountry. With its long pinkish legs, peculiar appearance, and odd habits, the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was once described by […]


Brays in Full Bloom: Camellias

In the language of flowers, camellias symbolize perfected loveliness and unpretending excellence. If that’s true, then what better place for a camellia garden than Brays Island Plantation—where owners value the understated elegance of the land? The iconic southern flower was originally introduced to this part of the world just down the road from Brays Island […]


Sunflowers: The Grub of Doves

The view from above near the Pine Hill Hunt unit on Brays Island is a sea of yellow this time of year. Already, doves, songbirds, and pigeons are reaping the benefits of the more than 40-acre dove field planted this spring by the plantation’s hunt department. “We planted corn, sunflowers, and a variety of cereal […]